Officials from the Ghana Grid Company( Gridco) has blamed the recent power outages in Ashanti region on a damaged central transmission line in Bogoso in the Western Region.
Three of their central transmission lines have been damaged by a communication tower in the Aboadze-Kumasi Transmission line at Bogoso.
The situation has caused unstable power supply to the Ashanti Region, especially during peak hours.
GRIDCO and ECG in a joint press conference in kumasi sincerely apologized for the inconvenience being experienced by customers.
On November 9, 2021 a communication tower collapsed and fell on the 330kV Aboadze- Kumasi Transmission line at Bogoso in Western Region.
Three transmission towers collapsed in the process and were extensively damaged , requiring either repair or complete replacement.
The Director of Gridco Northern Network, Ing Eugene Vincent Boakye, as as aresult , most of the electricity supply to Kumasi has since been coming from Akosombo Generating Station and the power generation enclave in Tema.
“During peak periods, the available transmission network cannot carry enough power to the country’s middle and northern parts, including kumasi. Kumasi and its environs normally consume 340MW at peak. Anytime we are unable to get this amount of power, the demand is managed” Mr Boakye said.
According to Ing Eugene Vincent Boakye, there has therefore been the need to manage the power supply to Kumasi and its environs to avoid a total transmission system failure.
“Reconstruction works have been expedited to recinstruct fallen towers and restore the line to service to normalize the power situation in Kumasi by December 20,2021. Additionally, related works are going on across the gas supply chain to enhance and improve gas supply.
The Managing Director of the Electricity company of Ghana, Ing Kwaku Agyemang Budu, assured customers of improved after the completion of various projects in the region.
He announced plans by the Ministry of Energy to collaborate with its agencies to establish another power generation enclave in Kumasi to improve power supply reliability to the middle and northern parts of the country.
Source: Broadcastergh.com/Ayisah Foster